"I just watched the game for the entertainment," Bazzie said. "I never really understood what the game had to offer as far as technique and all that. I just watched for the big plays. Being here with Coach Price, he teaches you that there's more to football than just a long pass or a big hit. He teaches you the little things that make big plays."
Defensive coordinator Chris Rippon also credits Bazzie's internal motor for his success.
"He's always gotta play pedal to the metal," Rippon said. "And he's matured in understanding that. He does that and that's why he's in the position he's in."
He's also assuming a leadership position. A redshirt junior, Bazzie has been sharing his experience and knowledge of the defense. Price said that when he listens to Bazzie counsel younger players, he hears that same words the coaches are using.
Bazzie said the team and his role are too important for him to hoard that information for himself. Now that the starting job is in his grasp, he wants to embrace every aspect of it like he does the on-field part - full speed ahead.
"I just look at that as a blessing of an opportunity to show what kind of person I am and what kind of player I am and what kind of game I have," Bazzie said. "Once I saw that opportunity, I couldn't sit back and watch. I had to attack it."